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Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Born Harriet Ann Sablosky in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hank Phillippi Ryan attended Western College for Women in Ohio and also studied abroad in Germany. Ryan joined the NBC-affiliate station in Boston, WHDH-TV, in 1983 as a general assignment reporter. In 1989, she was named principal reporter for the station's investigative unit. Ryan has won twenty-six Emmy Awards and twelve Edward R. Murrow Awards. Her first published novel was Prime Time, followed by Face Time, Air Time, and Drive Time. All of the books feature Boston investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally. Ryan lives with her husband in suburban Boston.

What she writes: Ryan writes a mystery series with continuing character Boston investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally. They are all fast-paced and involve Charlie solving crimes ahead of the police. Her novels have often been compared to Lisa Scottoline in their content, style, and pace.


List of works
Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series
  Prime Time (2007)  
  Face Time (2007)  
  Air Time (2009)  
  Drive Time (2010)  
... for Prime Time
  Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel
  Finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award
  Winner of the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award
  RITA Award Nominee: Best First Novel & Best Romantic Suspense
  The Boston Globe bestseller
  "Fresh Pick of the Day!" on
  Featured book of Final Twist, the Houston Texas Chapter of Sisters in Crime
... for Face Time
  Book Sense Notable Book
  Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller
... for Air Time
  Agatha Award nominee for Best Mystery of 2009
  Anthony Award nominee for Best Paperback Mystery of 2009
Her short story "On the House" (Quarry, 2009) won the Agatha Award, Anthony Award, and Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2009.
Her essay "Masquerade" appears in the ITW anthology "Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads."


What the critics say
... about Prime Time
  "...a wonderful mystery... The author juggles plot and character very deftly with Charlie emerging as one of the wittiest and brightest protagonists in current crime fiction." – Joe Meyers, Connecticut News
... about Air Time
  "Ryan keeps the energetic story tightly coiled, smoothly weaving in the serious plot points while also giving Air Time a light touch." – Oline Cogdill, Sun Sentinel
... about Drive Time
  "Buckle up and prepare for a wild ride... Ryan once again channels her Emmy-winning investigative reporting expertise to craft a realistic and compelling mystery, full of hairpin turns and dangerous intersections at breakneck speed. Verdict: Placing Ryan in the same league as Lisa Scottoline... her latest book catapults the reader into the fast lane and doesn't relent until the story careens to a stop. New readers will speed to get her earlier books, and diehard fans will hope for another installment." – Library Journal starred review


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